Bucks County Herald

CB East goes 4-0 against CB rivals

DON LEYPOLDT

Eight was ... beyond enough.

Thanks to an eight-run sixth inning, the Central Bucks East Patriots marred Central Bucks South’s Senior Night with a 12-4 win on Tuesday. CB East, which is 11-8 overall and 7-5 in the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental, completed a CB sweep with the win.

The Patriots defeated CB South (9-9, 5-7 SOL Continental), 1-0, on April 26 to add to their previous sweep of archrival Central Bucks West.

The win also helped CB East, which started the week ranked 14th in the District One Class AAAAAA power rankings, secure a first-round home game and get a chance at a bye.

Patriot bats struck early; leftfielder Cameron Komonchak and rightfielder Jimmy Wiegers led off with consecutive doubles. The bases were cleared when first sacker Grant Meiers slammed a two-run homer to give CB East a 4-0 lead.

“With two strikes, I just tried to meet the ball and it will go somewhere. I used my legs to my advantage and widened up, limited the stride and the next thing you know,” Meiers recalled, “it was over the fence.”

CB South cut the deficit to 4-3 through the first on an Andrew Dietz double, Tyler Watson RBI single and a homer of its own from shortstop Joey Loynd.

CB East starter Tyler Quinlan settled down, retiring 10 straight Titans after the Loynd bomb.

“It was short memory,” Quinlan said. “My cutter was working today for first-pitch strikes. It’s usually challenged me all season. I changed up my grip this week. I also trusted my teammates and tried to keep good body language.”

CB South had two on with two out in the fifth, but Komonchak made a beautiful running grab for the third out.

“I took my first step back like coach said, and then came running into the ball and there it was,” Komonchak grinned. “It could have led to a lot. Then we came into that sixth inning, where everything started.”

The Patriots loaded the bases on three straight singles. CB South got a force at the plate and had second baseman Matt Bound, listed as the smallest starter on the roster, down 0-2. With the infield drawn in, Bound fought off two pitches and lined an RBI single.

“We’ve been practicing two-strike approach over the last month,” Bound shared. “My approach is to choke up a bit, get a little closer to the plate and get my hands through the ball. That’s what happened.”

Bound was the first of seven straight Patriots to reach base, with the big blow coming from Meiers’ two-run double. CB East led 12-3 when the carnage ended. The Titans plated a run in the seventh for the final score.

Meiers went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Patriots catcher Collin Sheehan also had three hits and two RBIs. Quinlan went the distance, fanning six and walking zero.

CB South played Upper Merion in its season finale on the road on Wednesday (result unavailable at presstime) to try and secure a playoff spot and stem its three-game losing streak. The Titans checked in 18th in the latest power rankings. The play of sophomore Loynd, a .419 hitter with eight extra-base hits, was an offensive highlight in 2017.

“We knew what we had in Joey, but he definitely outperformed what we were expecting,” CB South manager Brian Klumpp said. “He works hard and has had a great year.”

Quinlan solved him, and the Titans, after the first inning.

“Tyler has been our workhorse all year,” CB East manager Kyle Dennis stated. “He threw six shutout innings against South the first game and didn’t get the win.

“These guys have been playing against each other since they were 5 or 6,” Dennis continued. “Against South or West, you always want to win and to be on the right side of it is great.”

“It feels great,” Meiers echoed. “As T.Q. (Quinlan) said, ‘It’s a CB sweep.’ ”

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